(Fighting+10/Metal-20) - Weakness to fighting can pose a
problem. Resistance to anything helps, though Metal is
less common than most these days.
Retreat Cost: (1) - Not a lot of
basics have free retreat, so I have no issue here.
Poke-POWER: (Electro Recycle) - This
power isn't worth playing the Pichu that are necessary
for this to work. If only you could attach to the
Pokemon. Magneton is probably better for this kind of
Attack #1: (LC - BikaBika) - The only
this attack has going for it is its name... At best, 30
damage for two energy is not good.
Final Card Analysis - Not the best
Pikachu out there. There's like 20 in modified isn't
Modified: Not great at all. Use other
Pikachu. You are using it for Raichu right? Ok, good.
Limited: No. (1/5)
7/22 Pikachu Lv. 15 (BK Promo)
Yep, the second day of Burger King Promo week features
every ones favourite, Pikachu! Actually, for what it is,
it isn't a bad little card. 60 HP on a basic, even if it
can also be evolved from Pichu, isn't that bad,
especially considering it can evolve again. The bottom
stats are very average. +10 Fighting Weakness just means
the ever present Gallade (SW) will always be able to
OHKO Pickachu without the need of flipping over any
prizes. -20 Resistance to Metal is useless really, since
no one really plays Metal at the moment (apart from the
occasional Scizor (MD)). 1 Retreat Cost is average,
really. BikaBika, whilst being one of the most hideous
attack names ever in the history of Pokémon card, is a
frankly bad attack. 20 for LC is just average, and a
possible +10 doesn't make it better.
Mind you, even you are using the card for it's attack,
you aren't playing it right. You should be playing it
for the survivability due to it's HP, and for it's
frankly great Poké-Power. Electro Recycle does ask for
Pikachu to be evolved from Pichu, but getting a
Lightning Energy back from your discard pile, even if it
does go back to your hand, is a really useful Poké-Power,
and it's not as though there is a shortage of Lightning
Pokémon who discard Energies either. I would start to
list them, but it would take to long. However, the most
important ones are probably the Raichus (PK, MT, MD and
2 HP). Now, one of the HP ones is Metal, so we can
ignore that straight away, and the other ones doesn't
even discard any Energies. All of the others do, but all
discard all energies attached to them, which means
unless you play Leafeon Lv.X (MD), you will never attack
2 turns in a row with their most powerful attack, which
is rubbish. Thankfully, Pikachu doesn't need Raichu to
be any good, but in a couple of sets time (thank you
Japanese spoilers), there are a couple of Raichus that
look very good, but we aren't reviewing them today, so
back to Pikachu.
As for other Pikachus, well, considering it is Pikachu,
there are a lot of them. In the current Modified format,
there are 10 of them in total. Thankfully, one of them
is a Star Pokémon and 2 of them are Delta, so we can
rule them out of the running straight away. Another 3 of
them are from POP Packs, and are thus destined to be
rubbish. Looking at the 3 competing with the BK one (I'm
counting the MT one from which this is a reprint of),
and only the MD one has 60 HP, but also has the suicidal
Volt Tackle attack. One of them has a Thunder Wave
attack, that does no damage, and is annoyingly a flip,
plus it only has Quick Attack, which is the same as
BikaBika, for offensive support. The final one (PK) has
the least HP with 40, and only has Charge and Slam as
attacks, both of which are rubbish. However, because
none of them have the brilliant Electro Recycle, The
MT/BK one is the best of the lot.
I won't talk about Pikachu's survivability against big
decks because a) it should be a bench sitter and b) it
can't survive a single hit against most of them.
Modified: Electro Recycle is the only reason why you
should play this card. Raichu (all of them at the
moment) is useless, so even that isn't a reason to play
Pikachu. However, due to the sheer amount of Lightning
Pokémon who discard L Energies will have a use. However,
as good as it is, it does require at least 2 deck slots
(1 for Pikachu, 1 for Pichu) and uses up a bench space.
However, I'm sure it will be very useful. Maybe. 2.5/5
Limited: In MT limited, which is the limited format
where you'll find this card, Electro Recycle is nice so
you can have a constant stream of Lightning energy.
However, only 7 cards in the set use Lightning energy,
so it may not be entirely useful. BikaBika is just
average here, and the 60HP isn't bad. If there were more
Lightning Pokémon in the set, it would be better, a lot
I guess you can use this card with Raichu (Mysterious
Treasures) and Raichu (Majestic Dawn), both of them can
abuse Call Energy, but the Majestic Dawn Raichu can
abuse Scramble as well. This Pikachu though can't
attack, so Call Eneergy is the best for him.
Right now I'd play a mix of Raichu with mostly the
Majestic Dawn Raichu, but after Scramble and DRE are
rotated the Mysterious Treasures Raichu might prove
I think the Majestic Dawn Pikachu is a little better,
because it gives more options on the first turn.
Modified: 2/5 A good rat in a burger.
Limited: 3/5 Although I'm not sure how interesting a
limited of Burger King cards would be.